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Blue Shield plans to exit Monterey County
The Californian - Salinas

Beginning the first of the year, Blue Shield no longer will write individual health-plan policies in Monterey County. As the health-care insurer transitions to a plan called Exclusive Provider Organization, or EPO, on Jan. 1, 2014 – the same day the Affordable Care Act goes into effect – Monterey County will not be a part of the network. The reason? Not enough providers in Monterey County were willing to be a part of Blue Shield’s new network – no doctors, no hospitals and no clinics – and accept the insurer’s reimbursement rates.